10/09/2006 12:00AM

Both 'Silver' horses are contenders


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Silver Highlight and Silver Impulse could be a successful hunch exactor in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, an $80,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares.

Silver Highlight will likely be favored in the 1 1/16-mile race. She came from England to win her maiden here in the restricted Wonder Where Stakes in July 2005.

Silver Highlight failed to duplicate her Wonder Where performance in two starts last fall, but she won a first-level allowance over the main track at Santa Anita when she returned from a winter layoff March 25. She subsequently finished a distant second in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne to Fleet Indian, the leading older female on dirt in North America.

Silver Highlight was off for two months heading into a $62,500 optional claimer here June 22, which she won convincingly. She has been laid up since running second in a restricted turf stakes at Fort Erie on July 16, but obviously runs very well when fresh.

Silver Highlight is based at Fort Erie with trainer Edward Freeman, but she worked a mile in 1:45.60 on the Polytrack here Oct. 2.

Silver Impulse, a 4-year-old, captured the Ontario Lassie Stakes at 2 for trainer Stanley Baresich, who claimed her from her debut for $62,500. She was winless in nine starts last year, but still banked $121,317 while placing in several stakes.

This year, Silver Impulse won her June 3 season opener in an allowance, and has earned a minor award in each subsequent outing since then. Perhaps her best effort at the meet came on the Polytrack on Sept. 4, when she finished third behind Financingavailable and Sweet Breanna in the 1 1/16-mile Algoma Stakes.

Rolling Sea is the other logical contender in the eight-horse field. She was based in Chicago for most of her career, and won a restricted stakes at Arlington on June 24.

Rolling Sea ran three consecutive solid races for trainer Scott Blasi during the summer. She was third in the Grade 3 Arlington BC Oaks in her penultimate start, and had a four-wide trip here most recently in the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette Stakes.

Rolling Sea is now based here with trainer Mark Casse, who has been winning at a healthy 20 percent clip with runners making their first start for him.

Questuary, who got dusted in the La Lorgnette, won the minor Eternal Search Stakes on the night the Polytrack was unveiled.